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January 2008

I’ve been enjoying the Georgia winter weather and have been able to wear most of my sweaters. It is cool in the morning when I start my day and by the afternoon we are back in the upper 50’s lower 60’s. I finished my pink swing coat and have worn it several times. It is made of 100% merino wool but the sleeves are short. I can start my day with it closed and by the afternoon it is the prefect thing open. It looks great with my really dark blue jeans Paul got me for Christmas from Chico’s. I am really enjoying the outfit.  I have been busy getting things ready for the Wedding in just two weeks. I am making welcome bags for those who are coming from out of town and staying in the two hotels near the reception. All of our family and friends will be coming in. Most will travel from Michigan but Nancy and Brittany will be flying in from Texas and Yvonne and Dick are flying from Florida. I am really grateful that they are all coming so far to be with us. I had wanted to do something special to show how much we love them and are grateful they came so far. I decided to make welcoming bags.  I got the idea for my dear friend Kathy Shaieb. She had bottles of wine made up with a label to remember the day and had them handed out to you as you registered at the hotel for her son’s wedding several years ago. I thought it was so nice I always wanted to do that for my kids’ weddings. So I have gotten a mixed group of 50 bottles of wine. They are Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz two red and two white. I had labels made. First I thought I would design them myself and just looked at the ones on the internet to get ideas. Then I found this great site; My Own Labels. They had this really nice selection of wine labels and other things for weddings. They also had labels for water bottles. Well I just couldn’t resist. So I order the wine and water labels. I then got some truffles and chocolates to put into a small box. I decided that the boxes where plain so I made labels with Pete and Emily’s monogram and added them to the boxes. I also made a thank you greeting. It is a small card I punched a star hole in and will hang it with a ribbon from the bottle.  I also found some nice bottle bags at the dollar store and will put them all together in those. I think it will all come together nicely. I will post some pictures as soon as I get all the labels on the bottles and have a sample bag made up.  

Working on the welcome bags and on the blog has kept me busy all week.  The wedding has been fun but there have been several things to do. I have my dress ready and found the shoes I like to wear at DSW. I also got a pair of slippers to wear later in the night. I found the song Peter and I can dance to on the internet it is called “A Song for my Son” by New Traditions. I liked the country version the best. As Peter says about Country music, “what could be wrong with songs about family, love, cars, and our country?”

 I used my new Garmin GPS system I got for Christmas to help me find the DSW store. It worked great! I think my adventures will be less adventurous because I will get lost a lot less. However, I am sure I will get around and lost too. I am not sure if I ever explained why I call my little trips adventures. When I was little my mom (Ruth) would always go every where,she was the first women in our family to learn to drive. However, she would always and I mean always get lost. Well, me and my sister would ask her if we were lost and she would just answer. “No we are having a little adventure thats all”. So now when we go somewhere or get lost (which I have been known to do a few times) we just say we are having an adventure. I can remember my mother stopping at a phone booth to call my dad who was usually at work. It usually went like this: ” Joe, I’m lost come get me. (silence dad talking) No I don’t know where I am if I knew where I was I wouldn’t be lost ( silence dad on the other end) no I can’t tell you how to find me just come and get us. (silence dad on the other end) Well fine there is a gas station and a store “….and so on . She would keep telling him what she was looking at and in a little while there would be Daddy and we would follow him home. She would always say too, ” All roads lead home, some are just a little shorter than others.”  Anyway, I was trying to think of someplace interesting to visit this week. Paul is away at the Detroit Auto Show. He is there for the preshow for vendors.  I think I may try to find the yarn store in Buckhead, it is called “Why Knot Knit” . I have been thinking of going for a while now.  

Knitting has been pr0ductive this week too. Not only did I finish my pink swing jacket I finished the baby sweater and hat call the Pea Pod sweater set. It has a interesting leaf pattern on the sweater and hat. I just have to block it and I will take a picture to put on the blog. I liked it a lot.

 p1010118.jpg    Green Swing Coat Sweater I also tried something new this time on the pink swing jacket. I was listening a few weeks ago to the Podcast by Kelly Petkun. She is the owner of Knit Picks and I love her Podcasts. She was talking about an i-cord, or idiot cord. She suggested that you could add one to the bottom edge of a project to help stop it from rolling up. This happens to the green swing jacket I made and Paul is always walking behind me trying to pull it down. I tried knitting one on the pink jacket and it worked great. Not only does it look great it doesn’t roll at all. I really like the look it gives the jacket too. It has a real finished look to it.  I have also been listening to audible books on my iPod. I joined the audible books website last month. I learned about the site on from the podcast Daily GizWiz. This is another one of my favorite podcasts. Audible books are a sponsor. I listened to “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen I really enjoyed this story. My sister Yvonne told me about the book and sent it to me. I just did not have the time to sit down and read it. I would rather listen anyway. I always love being told a story.  I am now listening to a four books set by Nora Roberts. “The Last Honest Women”, “Dance to the Piper”, “Skin Deep”, and “Without a Trace”. They are about a set of Triplets and their brother. I have listened to: “The Last Honest Women” and really enjoyed it. I am half way through “Skin Deep”. They are the O’Hurley family. They are all very talented.  Well I am off to bed and to listen to more of “Skin Deep”. I don’t sleep well when Paul is gone. I like it much better and sleep better too when he is here. I guess after 37 years I’ve gotten really use to having him around. Besides I really like him and enjoy him and his humor. I will let you know how my adventure this week to Buckhead goes. There are also a couple of places I want to stop and take pictures of too. I can do that on the way. I’ll post them and my opinion of the store soon. Take care.

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